Wales have received a lift with news that captain and flanker Sam Warburton is progressing well with his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Warburton sustained the injury against Ospreys on November 28, with initial reports suggesting he would be out until at least mid January.
That would have left Wales head coach Warren Gatland sweating over his captain's fitness ahead of the Six Nations, but according to Blues defence coach Graham Steadman, the influential back-row forward is well on the road to recovery in a major boost for both region and country.
"Sam's had some good news, which is pleasing for him and for everyone at the club," he told BBC Sport.
"He's not needing surgery. He's in a good place."